Ray Hill

Fifty-nine year old native Houstonian. Graduated from Galena Park Public Schools; Attended Steven F Austin State University, University of Houston, Tulane University, New Orleans.

Cofounder and president of Promethean Society; Cofounder (1968), former Board Member and former General Manager (1980-1981) of Pacifica Radio, KPFT-FM; Cofounder, Executive Director Houston Human Rights League (1976-1986); Winner of landmark First Amendment US Supreme Court Case Houston v Hill 107 S.Ct 2502, 1987); Former Chair (1984-1986) of Montrose Activity Center; Convict (1970-1975) Texas Prison System; Founder and Executive Director of First Amendment Lobby of Texas (1982-1997); Contributor to the first three International Conferences on Gender Law and Employment; Author of Model Transgender Policy for Jails and Prisons; Founder/producer/host of Prison Show (the only show of its kind in the US) 1980 to present(celebrating its twentieth anniversary March 24, 2000); Former board member of Texas C.U.R.E. (Prison reform group) 1986- 1989; Winner of four Federal suits against the city of Houston for police abuses including the previously mentioned Supreme Court decision; a challenge to a city ordinance requiring people to document their identity on demand of a police officer (the ordinance was removed as a result of his case); a challenge to a city ordinance "blocking the sidewalk (the ordinance was removed as a result of his case); and two cases challenging the city ordinance criminalizing the interruption of a police officer (the first case resulted in the rewriting of the ordinance and the second (the Supreme Court decision eliminated both the ordinance and the state law). Awarded 1999 First Amendment Award by Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation.

Writer/performer of Ray Hill, The Prison Years (Best One Character Show 1997, The Houston Press) at Actor's Workshop, The Little Room Downstairs and Biba's One's A Meal, 20 performance run. Writer/performer of Ray Hill & The Sex Police at Biba's One's A Meal, 11 performance run. Ray Hill In Love, Valentine's day 2000 at Stages Repertory Theater. Outlaw, Queer Like Ray Hill at Ashland Street Theater,14 performances, June and July 2000.